May 18, 2009 § Leave a comment
It didn’t make the news. They left no artifacts.
They didn’t live to tell the tale, or were considered unremarkable
at the time.
The exhibitionist on the bridge,
The other robbery,
The haunting melody,
The courageous village
and the father of three —
All buried under nothingness,
swallowed by forgetfulness,
Nobody’s cautionary tale. Nobody’s allegory.
But if I’m quiet —
If I open my hands, and listen,
My heart flashes.
Like recalling where the exit was, having passed it just a moment ago;
Like looking down a hurricane, gazing into its white funnel,
I am reading the Chronicle,
Singing with Troubadours,
Reported and reporting on the Network News.
Everything is everything and I don’t wish to smooth it,
Only to infuse it
With the knowledge of its own unpublished grace—
A memory of the gift it gave itself.
Revision of the original, written June 2007